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Posted at 9:41 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2006

Kahuku boys capture first state track and field title

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kahuku won its first Island Movers/Hawai'i High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championship Saturday night, edging host Kamehameha, 64 points to 62.

Kamehameha trailed 56-52 entering the final race of the evening, the 4x400 meter relay. The Warriors won the race, but Kahuku finished third to secure the team title.

"We needed them to finish fourth to tie," Kamehameha coach Sam Moku said.

The Red Raiders won despite a bad exchange in the 4x100 relay that resulted in a last-place finish, plus Kahuku senior Redmond Tutor finishing second in two events he was favored in.

"Look at this," said Tutor, pointing across the Warriors' sparkling Kunuiakea Athletic Stadium. "They train in this great facility, and they have so many great athletes. We have seven guys, and I felt like we came into a battle with a plastic knife. But what we don't have in facilities, we made up for with heart and we came out on top."

Tutor set a record in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 23 feet, 6 inches, eclipsing the mark of 23-4.25 set by Leilehua's Koldene Walsh in 1983. Tutor also won the 110 hurdles, in 15.12 seconds.

He was favored to win the 300 hurdles after setting the O'ahu Interscholastic Association championship meet last week, but was upset last night after clipping two hurdles midway through the race.

Mililani junior D'Andre Benjamin ended up winning in 40.63 seconds.

"My friends told me (Tutor) clipped a couple hurdles toward the turn, but I didn't know," said Benjamin, who was running in lane 5 next to Tutor in lane 4. "I always felt him next to me. I saw his shadow on my left side, so I had to push myself. I just knew he was a strong competitor, and I figured it would be either me or him (winning). I mustered all my strength, dug deep and just ran hard."

Mililani senior A.J. Clark won the 100 and 200, with times of 11.23 and 22.53, respectively. Kamehameha senior Jeremy Kamaka'ala won the 1,500 in a time of 4:08.69 and the 3,000 in a time of 9:25.68. Radford's Jeremy Hayes won the high jump with an impressive leap of 6-7.

Kamehameha picked up a key victory in the 4x100, finishing in a time of 43.17 seconds. The race was expected to be a tossup between the Warriors and Kahuku, but the Red Raiders had problems on the first exchange and finished last, scoring zero points.

Reach Wes Nakama at wnakama@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-2456.

Complete state track results here